It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, interface design, technology, TED2013, 2013
Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, design, industrial design, TED2014, 2014
This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, technology, TED2009, 2009
Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, arts, business, design, industrial design, product design,...
Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, technology, 2006
Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map. (Filmed at TEDxDublin) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, interface design, map, TEDxDublin, 2012
As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing — and driving — change. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, design, product design, technology, TED2015, 2015
Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture -- and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a titanium tea set) illustrate his theory. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, design, 2005
Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world -- by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxAmsterdam, TED, Talks, architecture, design, 2010
MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly -- the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It's a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, design, technology, 2011
Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects -- even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, business, design, green, history, product design, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
Good design looks great, yes -- but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of 5-sense design, with a handy graph and a few examples. His hope: to inspire you to notice great multisensory experiences. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, TED2013, 2013
Designer Ross Lovegrove expounds his philosophy of “fat-free” design and offers insight into several of his extraordinary products, including the Ty Nant water bottle and the Go chair. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, DNA, arts, biology, creativity, design, industrial design,...
Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, disease, green, innovation, nature, product design, science,...
Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their "auras" can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, computers, design, interface design, technology, TED2013, 2013
Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, computers, design, entertainment, interface design, mind, technology,...
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, arts, design, interface design, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, 2013
People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking." His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, humor, product design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
The Inventables guys, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, "dry" liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, creativity, design, industrial design, invention,...
Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, design, hack, intelligence, interface design, technology, TED2008,...
At TEDxBerlin, Fabian Hemmert demos one future of the mobile phone -- a shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that "displays" information nonvisually, offering a delightfully intuitive way to communicate. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBerlin, TED, Talks, communication, culture, design, interface design, telecom, 2009
60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ... and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer's. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, aging, design, innovation, invention, product design, technology, TEDYouth...
Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, health care, product design, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
American designer Chris Bangle explains his philosophy that car design is an art form in its own right, with an entertaining -- and ultimately moving -- account of the BMW Group's Deep Blue project, intended to create the SUV of the future. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, arts, business, cars, design, industrial design, invention,...
Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, design, flight, industrial design, transportation, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, book, business, consumerism, design, engineering, food,...
With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project. Topics: TEDTalks, TED1984, TED, Talks, demo, design, education, entertainment, future, interface design,...
Engineer RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, business, design, economics, industrial design, technology,...
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cities, design, government, humor, product design, TED2015, 2015
Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, computers, design, interface design, invention, technology, visualizations,...
Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, biology, design, innovation, materials, microbiology, nature,...
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets -- like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away -- to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, city, design, entertainment, technology, 2011
Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, design, entertainment, gaming, technology, TED2006, 2006
Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy. Topics: TEDTalks, TED@Cannes, TED, Talks, arts, design, film, happiness, 2010
Every new invention changes the world -- in ways both intentional and unexpected. Historian Edward Tenner tells stories that illustrate the under-appreciated gap between our ability to innovate and our ability to foresee the consequences. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, design, history, invention, technology, 2011
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, materials, TED2013, 2013
"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, social media, TED2014, 2014
Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, creativity, culture, design, media, 2009
Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, art, arts, culture, design, museums, 2007
Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, cars, design, engineering, green, transportation, 2009
Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, creativity, design, technology, 2009
Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is "Our Choice," Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth." Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, demo, design, entertainment, software, technology, 2011
The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, design, humor, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2001, TED, Talks, arts, design, exploration, politics, 2001
Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating persistence-of-vision display that creates glowing 3D images. A short, cool tale of invention. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, entertainment, invention, technology, TED2007, 2007
The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, children, creativity, design, film, 2007
Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, happiness, media, shopping, TED2011, 2011
How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, data, design, visualizations, TED2015, 2015
In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, creativity, design, exploration, materials, transportation, 2002